For programs to be systematic, comprehensive, explicit and proactive, a company must meet the requirements in section 6.5 of the Onshore Pipeline Regulations (OPR). These include processes to:
- identify hazards
- manage risks
- train and manage workers
- communicate internal and externally
- manage records and documentation
- monitor and evaluate progress
- continually improve performance
A company’s management system and programs are based on its policies and goals, as well as the requirements of the OPR.
The company’s management system applies to all the company’s activities involving the design, construction, operation or abandonment of a pipeline. For example, when a company plans and designs a pipeline, it uses its hazard assessment process to identify hazards to safety and the environment. The company also uses its hazard assessment to develop its emergency procedures manual(s) and training program.
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